Credit Card Glossary: Terms and Definitions
Truth in Lending Act
The Truth in Lending Act (TILA) is the primary federal law governing the extension of consumer credit by lenders in the United States. Congress instituted the the Truth in Lending Act in 1968 to ensure more accurate disclosure of credit terms so that consumers could compare the various credit terms available in the credit marketplace, to avoid the uninformed use of credit, and to protect themselves against inaccurate and unfair credit billing and credit card practices. The regulation that implements TILA’s requirements is Regulation Z, which is administered by the Federal Reserve. Under Regulation Z, card issuers are required to disclose the terms and conditions to potential and existing cardholders at various times.